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Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. | ifoodreal.com

We are starting to hit the trails, beach and parks more often. I mean when realistically possible. I did share my fair share of frustration re: doing what I vs. what my kids want to do. So, whenever we make somewhere in one piece we like to hit local cafes and restaurants for a meal/snack. And every time I see trays of baked muffins, cookies and bars wrapped in plastic on the counters. They are usually ginormous and loaded with sugar.

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. | ifoodreal.comSugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. | ifoodreal.com

I have to admit all those baked goodies look pretty darn good. I have to explain myself – whenever I see desserts I get a crazy itch to run home and recreate. And that is absolutely weird considering I do not eat or make a lot of desserts. iFOODreal is clearly mostly savoury recipes blog. But desserts look so luscious, gorgeous and inviting, I can’t stop thinking about them. I stare at counters while Alex is getting coffee at Starbucks and at food magazines in grocery store’s line. I have 100s of ideas on my phone and in my head but they just stay there.

Until these sugar free oatmeal cookies…

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. | ifoodreal.com

When I say sugar free I mean no sugar – no maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar. No low glycemic healthier sugars. Just naturally occurring sugars in bananas and dried fruits. I really wanted to make a giant cookie full of good for us goodies that I could pack for an active day and really feel like I did good for my body – exercised and nourished my temple right afterwards.

So, I decided to keep these trail mix oatmeal cookies vegan. Flax “eggs” add extra healthy fats and make us eat less animal products, eggs, which just can’t be a bad thing ever.

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. | ifoodreal.com

And what cookies are without lots of some sort of butter?! I used buttery flavour coconut oil which I just got from Nutiva. I was curious. Itself the oil tastes buttery but I couldn’t taste it in the cookies. So, regular coconut oil would work just fine. Or vegan butter like Earth Balance.

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. | ifoodreal.com

The dough comes out pretty thick. A spatula should stand in it. For flours all I used was rolled oats and oat flour which is just ground oats. So, no traditional whole wheat or white flour. And now for the trail mix itself – use what you love. I used peanuts, cashews, raisins and dates. Dried fruit makes cookies sweeter without added sugar. Just make sure you are not using sweetened dried fruit. I always try to buy organic, unsulphured and unsweetened dried fruit. You get what you hear – dried fruit only. No sugar, preservatives and colours. My mom recently sent us a bag of conventional dried mango…yeah, that didn’t go well. A bite out of curiosity…that was so sweet. So, buy real stuff. I am not sure why my mom still buys that…

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. | ifoodreal.com

I was thinking sunflower seeds, Brazilian nuts (my favourite – the store was out), hazelnuts, dried cranberries – all would go so well in these sugar free oatmeal cookies. And I foresee comments and questions about chewiness. No, these cookies are not chewy but rather soft. What makes cookies chewy is melting sugar during baking. No sugar cookies can’t be chewy, period. But they are super naturally sweetened and delicious! An oatmeal cookie you can have for breakfast.

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Or with a view. A few weeks ago we hiked about 1.6 km to the top for this view of gorgeous Pacific ocean in Larrabee Park, WA. At the top I wish I had my sugar free oatmeal cookies while staring at the water and dreaming of boating on it and exploring all small and big islands around. A few more years and we will be on the water, working less and enjoying life more.

Be healthy!

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk flaxseed and water. Let sit for about 10 minutes while you are getting other ingredients ready.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add flaxseed mixture and whisk really well. Add oats and oat flour; stir to combine. Add nuts and dried fruit; mix well.
  3. Using large ice cream scoop, place batter on previously prepared sheet and flatten with the back of a scoop into large size cookies. Cookies do not spread. I had about 6 cookies per sheet. Bake in batches for 20 minutes or until nuts start to brown a bit. Remove from the oven and let cookies cool for a minute, then transfer onto a cooling rack to cool off completely.
  4. Storage Instructions: Store in a cool dry place open. Do not wrap or place cookies in a jar. The more air, the better. That way cookies do not get soggy. Remember there is no sugar.

Notes

*Make oat flour by grinding oats in a food processor or high speed blender. **I used peanuts and cashews. Sunflower seeds, Brazilian nuts, hazelnuts would be great. *Use a mix or any combo of dried cranberries, raisins and dates.

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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 13

Amount Per Serving = 1 large cookie:
Calories: 272.9
Total Fat: 14.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 46.6 mg
Total Carbs: 32.6 g
Sugars: 14.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.3 g
Protein: 4.8 g
WW Points+: 7

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4 Comments

  1. Cecilia

    Hi Olena, Just like you I’m an expat – a Swede living in the UK. I also have two children, two girls of 5 years and 15 months, and I can identify with so much of what you write about as being a mum! I also share your interest in healthy eating, so your blog is a great inspiration. I just made these cookies and they are great! I wanted to use them as grab-and-go snacks for the girls so made them with finely chopped hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds in place of the nuts you had, so that my youngest wouldn’t choke on them. They came out absolutely delicious – the girls loved them :)! I also can’t believe how light they are, not at all dense like I had imagined. Thanks so much for this brilliant recipe, and for a really entertaining and funny blog! Cecilia x.

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    • Olena

      Hi Cecilia. I can bet every mom’s life is pretty similar.:) My boys have the same age difference. They are very good friends now. It helps that kids are same sex so they share same interests. In my case it is crazy loud lol.
      My kids love these cookies too. I already forgot about the details feeding babies.:) Great creativity. Well, you are a mom. You know how to work around things. All the best to you. I will try to think of similar healthy cookie recipe on the go. Get tired of muffins.

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